Overdose Deaths to Prescription Painkillers in the United States

In 1999, there were 4,030 deaths of painkiller overdose reported in the United States.

In 2010, the number of reported overdoses by painkillers  quadrupled to 16,651.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a span of 10 years there were 125,000 deaths that were caused by legal prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and methadone.

(More statistics and information about prescription drug abuse.)

Source:¬† Jason Kane, “Prescription Drug Abuse: Top 10 Things CDC Says You Should Know,” PBS Newshour, April 30, 2013.